Timbers Shore Up Defense With Borchers

The Portland Timbers shored up their defense with the acquisition of veteran center back Nat Borchers and now wait to see the outcome of Wednesday's MLS Expansion Draft. The trade for Borchers was one of several player moves the Timbers made on Monday during the league's half-day trade window. Portland also signed Ghanaian goalkeeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey from the Norwegian Premier League, Colombian winger/forward Dairon Asprilla, and Brazilian defender Jeanderson Salvador Pereira. The Timbers sent allocation money to Real Salt Lake in exchange for Borchers, the bearded starter who was a key contributor to the 2009 MLS Cup-winning team. Borchers has started for RSL for the past seven seasons. He'll help a team that gave up 52 goals in 24 matches last season. Sports – December 10, 2014

Seattle Defense Returns To Form

hawks defenseThe run of stout defense started with slowing down Arizona, followed by the handcuffing of San Francisco on Thanksgiving night. But the best defensive performance of Pete Carroll's tenure came Sunday when Seattle ground Philadelphia's high-speed act to a halt that kept the Seahawks in the thick of the NFC West race. Shutting down Philadelphia and holding the Eagles to 139 total yards was the cap to a three-week run of defense by Seattle the NFL has not seen since 2011.

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Heisman Finalists: Mariota, Cooper And Gordon

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and record-breaking Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy. Mariota is considered the clear the front-runner to win the 80th Heisman on Saturday night in New York. He would become the first Oregon player to earn college football's most famous player of the year trophy. Mariota and the second-seeded Ducks will face Florida State and last year's Heisman winner Jameis Winston at the Rose Bowl in the College Football Playoff semifinal on January 1st. Cooper helped Alabama earn the top seed in the playoff. The Crimson Tide plays Ohio State in New Orleans. The deadline for voting was Monday afternoon. Finalists are determined by percentage of votes received from 929 media members and former winners. NEW YORK (AP) - December 9, 2014

Former US Goalkeeper Hahnemann Retires

Former U.S national team goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann has announced his retirement from soccer after spending the majority of his career playing in England. Hahnemann was a backup for the Seattle Sounders for the past two years. He announced his retirement through the club on Monday. Hahnemann spent 13 seasons playing in England for Fulham, Reading, Wolverhampton and Everton. Hahnemann had nine caps for the U.S. in international play and was on the 2006 and 2010 U.S. World Cup rosters. The 42-year-old started his pro career playing for the A-League Seattle Sounders in 1994. His first MLS stop was in Colorado in 1997 and he made 11 appearances in all competitions for the Sounders after returning in 2012. SEATTLE (AP) - December 9, 2014

Glass Named USA Volleyball Women's POY

Setter Alisha Glass is the USA Volleyball women's indoor player of the year. The organization also announced Monday that outside hitter Kim Hill is the national team's most improved player. Glass, who is from Leland, Michigan was named the best setter of the 2014 FIVB Women's World Championship. The top-ranked U.S. team won for the first time in the event's 62 years. Hill, who is from Portland, Oregon started 24 matches this season, averaging 2.99 points and 1.24 digs per set. At the World Championship, she scored 20 points in the gold-medal match against China. The United States won in four sets. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – December 9, 2014